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Boosting your Basics

Senior Fashion Market Editor Tammy Palmer solves your dressing dilemmas

Fashion Q&A: Boosting your Basics
Senior Fashion Market Editor Tammy Palmer solves your dressing dilemmas

Tammy Palmer


 
Tammy Palmer

Q: I’m really trying not to spend a lot of money on clothes right now. How do I update the clothes that I already have in my closet?
A: Kudos for being a frugal fashionista. The key to boosting your basics rests in one important piece: accessories. After all, clothes may make the man but accessories make the whoa-man. So there’s absolutely no need to replace what you’ve already got, just rework them with fabulous extras. Here’s how to create standout style with seven statement pieces.

1) The textured bootie. Think of it as the new black pump. It’ll enhance any look and add edge to a cropped pant or simple shift.

Narciso Rodriguez, Spring 2009


 
Narciso Rodriguez, Spring 2009


 

Sergio Rossi


 
Sergio Rossi

Narciso Rodriguez, Spring 2009 Sergio Rossi

 

2) An oversized necklace. Put away your petite pendant for another season – right now it’s all about standout shapes and giant gems. A megawatt necklace adds personality and glamour to workday separates and goes easily from day to night. Look for a mix of materials such as colored glass or plastic, metal and wood and don’t be afraid to layer them up and pile them on, especially over your topper.

Vera Wang, Spring 2009


 
Vera Wang, Spring 2009


 

Alexis Bittar


 
Alexis Bittar

Vera Wang, Spring 2009 Alexis Bittar

 

3) The wide wrap belt. In a slick metallic, this figure defining waist-cincher contrasts nicely with your neutral jackets and lends any ensemble a tribal touch.

Louis Vuitton, Spring 2009


 
Louis Vuitton, Spring 2009


 

Banana Republic, $110


 
Banana Republic, $110

Louis Vuitton, Spring 2009 Banana Republic, $110

 

4) A super wide bold cuff in a hammered metal or encrusted with jewels is guaranteed to make any look edgier. Wear one on each arm (keep your blouse or sweater in a neutral color) for a strong dose of chic.

Tory Burch, Spring 2009


 
Tory Burch, Spring 2009


 

Tom Binns


 
Tom Binns

Tory Burch, Spring 2009 Tom Binns

 

5) A jeweled hairband. Face-framing jewels will make even with the simplest of tees more modern.

Chanel, Spring 2009


 
Chanel, Spring 2009


 

Tasha headband, $48; Nordstrom.com.


 
Tasha headband, $48; Nordstrom.com.

Chanel, Spring 2009 Tasha headband, $48; Nordstrom.com.

 

6) A fringed bag. A tassel-trimmed tote is ultra-dramatic and adds a slightly bohemian-cum-tribal flare to any outfit.

Diane Von Furstenberg, Spring 2009


 
Diane Von Furstenberg, Spring 2009


 

Aldo Accessories


 
Aldo Accessories

Diane Von Furstenberg, Spring 2009 Aldo Accessories

 

7) Bold Earrings. With embellishment and color, these door-knockers will instantly draw attention to your face and add sparkle to any look. Wear them with everything from cashmere crews to your favorite cocktail frock.

Lanvin, Spring 2009


 
Lanvin, Spring 2009


 

Aldo Accessories


 
Aldo Accessories

Lanvin, Spring 2009 Aldo Accessories

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